I’ve been wanting to make my own pair of comic book heels ever since I bought a pair. I looked up some different tutorials but then just threw caution to the wind. The supplies I used included ModPodge (as glue and seal) and, surprise, comics! The comic I went with is The Brothers James by Ryan Ferrier and Brian Level. It’s a black and white comic and I thought it would look nice on a pair of shoes. I think with the comic being black and white, it made it a bit easier for being my first time trying this. The heels I used were purchased for cheap on Ebay. That’s probably the one thing I recommend, using an old pair of shoes or finding a cheap pair. You don’t want to ruin a good pair of heels!
I really didn’t have a system for doing this. I did try and use only one issue per shoe. I didn’t want to mix it up and I didn’t want to end up short on comics since I didn’t know exactly how this would go. I do recommend flipping through and seeing if there’s a panel or page that really jumps out at you and trying to center it around that. I started with the heel and then worked my way around. I tried to start with the toe but with the curve, it was a bit frustrating, hence moving on. Obviously the sides of the shoe were the easiest since there really isn’t a curve to work with. As far as the actual heel, I left it uncovered. You’ll see in the photos that I used black heels so leaving it alone actually looks pretty cool.
You can see the naked shoe in the background. I used a plain pair of black pumps but you can use whatever you like! As you’re cutting and pasting, you’ll end up with some scrap pieces. I suggest holding onto them in order to fill in odd spots that you might have missed along the way. As far as how I did the cutting, I just used scissors and went to town. There are probably better or easier ways but it worked for me. Also, before you do any cutting, be sure to check the other side of the page! There were a few larger panels that I really liked, so I made sure to check the backside to make sure there wasn’t anything I liked more. I know it sounds silly but it’s something that you could easily forget about when in the zone.
I won’t lie, when I first started I was really frustrated. I wasn’t sure WTF I was going and I didn’t want to mess it up but my mom gave some solid advice. What’s that? Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. The only person that really needs to be happy with the end result is you. Granted, I’m friends with people involved with this comic so I felt a little extra pressure because of that little fact. In the end though, I’m super proud of myself for how they turned out.
To see the images larger, just click the pic! So, have any of you ever made comic heels or maybe another similar project? Let me know! And if you have any questions, feel free to ask!